2016 - 2022 Yamaha TW200 - Performance, Price, and Photos (2024)

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2016 - 2022 Yamaha TW200 - Performance, Price, and Photos (2)

The Yamaha TW200, brought forward for 2022 with its scrappy little 196 cc engine, is a nice learning bike, fully street legal but with that distinctive motocross-style swale seat that says you're going off-road. On the move, the bike has nice low-end torque and you'll feel the front end trying to come up when you get even a little twisty. Dual sport, yes, but so much about this bike just begs to be in the dirt.

Yamaha TW200 Design

- Distinctive motocross styling- Analog instrumentation- Relatively low seat height- Enduro-style halogen headlight

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Fuel-injection haters rejoice. There are still some carbureted options out there for off-road. Spec-wise, the TW200 is the same bike Yamaha has offered for over a decade, but that shouldn't stop you from taking a look.

The first thing I notice when approaching the TW200 are those fat -- almost freakishly fat -- tires. Yamaha put a 130 series tire on the front -- a size that is usually reserved for the rear on a bike this size -- and put a 180 series tire on the rear. With the knobby treads reaching around almost from rim to rim, you know the bike wants to be off the pavement.

The second thing I notice is how slim the bike is. I might call it almost wasp-waisted. Combined with the low-seat height of just over 31 inches, it's easy to find the ground at stoplights and for low-speed maneuvers. Far be it for me to call the seat height “low,” but for off-road, 31 inches really is low-low considering the ground clearance is over 10 inches.

Instrumentation is easy-to-read and analog mounted on top of the tripletree inside the headlight can that almost doubles as a squared-off bullet fairing. I haven't seen anything official, but figures range from 66 to 73 mph top speed; those are coming from enthusiast, non-professional riders on public roads. Still, when the bike gets up close to highway speeds, there's a bit of vibration.

Yamaha TW200 Chassis

- Long-travel suspension- Terrain-dominating tires- Rear drum brake- Laced wheels

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Yamaha kept the frame on the TW200 light with a single-downtube, stressed-engine frame design that uses the engine as a structural member to complete the assembly. This precludes the need for a heavy cradle to support the engine weight, and simplifies construction somewhat. The steering head provides 25.8-degrees of rake for 3.4-inches of trail; figures that make the TW200 agile and responsive to steering inputs.

The 33 mm front forks come with 6.3 inches of travel and bellow gaiters to keep the swept part of the fork tubes clean and free of seal-destroying grit. A coil-over monoshock springs the box-section swingarm, and comes with a 5.9-inch travel of its own.

A 110 mm, mechanical drum brake binds the rear wheel, and a hydraulic caliper with a single, 220 mm disc binds the front. While the disc size is adequate, it lacks the popular “wave-cut” design that provides a modicum of self-cleaning ability, so I would call this an area with a little room for improvement. The wheels themselves come laced, so you can count on that little extra bit of give on rough terrain, and the special, on-road/off-road 130/80-18 front and 180/80-14 rear tires serve as a “Jack-of-All” to make the whole rig work.

Frame:

Diamond

Rake:

25.8 degrees

Trail:

3.4 inches

Suspension, Front:

Telescopic fork. Coil sping/oil damper; 6.3-inch travel

Suspension, Rear:

Single shock; 5.9-inch travel

Brakes, Front:

Single disc, 220 mm

Brakes, Rear:

Drum, 110 mm

Wheel, Front:

Spoke, 14M/C x MT2.5

Wheel, Rear:

Spoke, 14M/C x MT4.5

Tire, Front:

130/80-18

Tire, Rear:

180/80-14

Yamaha TW200 Drivetrain

- Air-cooled 196 cc thumper- Nice torque down low- 28 mm Mikuni carburetor

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Though the air-cooled, four stroke mill on the TW200 is rather small at 196 cc, it is big enough. Riders seem to alternate between moonshots and squeals of glee -- sometimes both concurrently -- so even though Yamaha is a bit stingy with hard performance number, it's safe to say it's powerful enough for the job. The over-square engine runs a 9.5 to 1 compression, so no need for race gas or even premium pump gas here, and a 28 mm Mikuni carburetor feeds the mill while keeping everything nice and simple. Simple is good, m'kay?

The capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) provides maintenance free ignition, and the automatic cam-chain tensioner keeps itself set just right, so you can spend more time riding and less time tinkering. A constant-mesh, five-speed transmission sends power to the rear wheel via the chain drive. I am a little surprised at the lack of a kickstarter, given that this bike has such a small engine and that it's designed for off-road use at least half the time; but hey, that's probably just me.

Engine:

air-cooled SOHC four-stroke; two valves

Displacement:

196 cc

Bore x Stroke :

67.0 mm x 55.7 mm

Compression Ratio:

9.5 to 1

Fuel Delivery:

Mikuni® 28 mm

Ignition:

CDI

Charging System:

CDI Magneto

Starting System:

Electric Starter

Lubrication System:

Wet Sump

Transmission:

Constant-mesh five-speed; multiplate wet clutch

Final Drive:

Chain

Primary Reduction Ratio:

3.318 (73/22)

Secondary Reduction Ratio:

3.571 (50/14)

Gear Ratios:

First: 2.833, Second:1.789, Third: 1.318, Fourth: 1.040, Fifth: 0.821

Yamaha TW200 Pricing

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MSRP on the 2022 is a very reasonable $4,799 -- up just a skosh from last year -- and comes in Radical Gray again this year. Yamaha covers it with a one-year limited factory warranty.

Warranty:

1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Color:

└ 2015:

Charcoal Silver/White

└ 2016, 2017:

Mineral Blue

└ 2018 - 2020:

Sandy Beige

└ 2021, 2022:

Radical Gray

Price:

└ 2015, 2016:

$4,590

└ 2017 - 2020:

$4,599

└ 2021:

$4,699

└ 2022:

$4,799

Yamaha TW200 Competitors

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With most of the usual suspects rocking two-year-old, small displacement dual-sport models, I had to move off-target in the displacement department with the CRF300L from Honda.

Honda CRF300L

Like the TW200, the Honda is capable of both on-road and off-road service, and comes with all of the required lighting for legal use on the former. Both strike similar figures, except for the notably un-fat rear hoop on the Honda compared to that black doughnut on the Yammie, which leaves the CRF300L looking even more at home once the blacktop turns to brown.

This is reinforced by the seriously-long suspension stroke that measure 10.2 inches long front and rear, and is significantly better suited for rough terrain in that regard. Plus they're inverted to bring modern suspension to the table in contrast to the old-school, standard rwu stems on the TW200.

Honda compounds the pain with a 21-inch tire ahead of an 18-incher that play into the rough terrain capabilities once more. Yeah, it's starting to look like the Honda is more like a dirtbike with blinkers than something you'd want to actually hit the road on.

The engines represent another significant advantage to the Red Rider. At 286 cc, it's around half-again bigger than the 196 cc Yamaha lump, so it also outperforms with 27 horsepower against the 16 ponies from Yamaha's thumper.

Naturally, something has to balance the difference, and it's the price. Honda asks $5,349 MSRP for its dirt-tastic dual-sport which leaves some cheese on the table versus the somewhat-more streetwise $4.8k TW200.

Read our full review of the Honda CRF300L / CRF300L Rally.

He Said

My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, “Neat little bike, and more fun than a barrel of monkeys to ride, evidenced by the grown men squealing like ten-year-old girls when they grab a fistful of throttle and try to twist it off. That's something I do not recommend trying right away until you get a feel for it, 'cause the front end needs very little encouragement to come off the ground. There are so many categories (and sub-categories) nowadays that the lines become a bit blurred (shoutout to Robin Thicke), but I can almost see this serving as something of a mini-Motard. Oboy, here comes another style of racing!”

She Said

"This really is a sweet little bike. It's torquey and fun to ride. I have more respect for these single-jug engines than I did in the past and it's getting harder and harder each year to find carbureted bikes. Yeah, fuel injection is all well and good, but I know I'm not the only person who's had to sit on the side of the road -- literally -- with a tool kit out fixing something before I could continue my trip. You just can't do that with fuel injection."

Yamaha TW200 Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:

Engine:

air-cooled SOHC four-stroke; two valves

Displacement:

196 cc

Bore x Stroke :

67.0 mm x 55.7 mm

Compression Ratio:

9.5 to 1

Fuel Delivery:

Mikuni® 28 mm

Ignition:

CDI

Charging System:

CDI Magneto

Starting System:

Electric Starter

Lubrication System:

Wet Sump

Transmission:

Constant-mesh five-speed; multiplate wet clutch

Final Drive:

Chain

Primary Reduction Ratio:

3.318 (73/22)

Secondary Reduction Ratio:

3.571 (50/14)

Gear Ratios:

First: 2.833, Second:1.789, Third: 1.318, Fourth: 1.040, Fifth: 0.821

Chassis:

Frame:

Diamond

Rake:

25.8 degrees

Trail:

3.4 inches

Suspension, Front:

Telescopic fork. Coil sping/oil damper; 6.3-inch travel

Suspension, Rear:

Single shock; 5.9-inch travel

Brakes, Front:

Single disc, 220 mm

Brakes, Rear:

Drum, 110 mm

Wheel, Front:

Spoke, 14M/C x MT2.5

Wheel, Rear:

Spoke, 14M/C x MT4.5

Tire, Front:

130/80-18

Tire, Rear:

180/80-14

Dimensions & Capacities:

Length:

82.3 inches

Width:

32.3 inches

Height:

44.1 inches

Seat Height:

31.1 inches

Wheelbase:

52.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

10.4 inches

Minimum Turning Radius:

74.8 inches

Fuel Capacity:

1.8 gallons

Fuel Reserve:

0.4 Gallons

Fuel Economy:

78 mpg

Recommended Fuel:

Regular Unleaded

Wet Weight:

278 Pounds

Maximum Load:

397 Pounds

Top Speed:

70 mph (est)

Details:

Warranty:

1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Color:

└ 2015:

Charcoal Silver/White

└ 2016, 2017:

Mineral Blue

└ 2018 - 2020:

Sandy Beige

└ 2021, 2022:

Radical Gray

Price:

└ 2015, 2016:

$4,590

└ 2017 - 2020:

$4,599

└ 2021:

$4,699

└ 2022:

$4,799

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